Page 1:Seven Motherboards For Your Core 2 Duo System
Page 2:Abit AB9 Pro: Quick On The Draw
Page 4:Asus P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP Edition: Armed To The Teeth
Page 6:Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe: Sharpshooter
Page 8:Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H: Serious Business
Page 10:Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3: The Instigator
Page 12:Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6: Dressed To Kill
Page 14:MSI P965 Platinum: One Mean Hombre
Page 16:Test Setup
Page 17:Benchmark Results
Page 20:Synthetic, Continued
Beginning overclockers may appreciate Gigabyte's C.I.A.2 automatic overclocking, which can be set to Disabled, Cruise, Sports, Racing, Turbo and Full Thrust modes, but serious overclockers will probably ignore them. Gigabyte extends the FSB frequency selection to an unrealistically high 600 MHz, and is the least expensive board in our lineup to support CPU multiplier adjustment.
Also noteworthy are the full selection of memory speeds, and a broad memory latency selection.
|BIOS Frequency and Voltage settings (for overclocking)|
|FSB Frequency||100 - 600MHz (1MHz)|
|Clock Multiplier Adjustment||Yes|
|PCIe Clock||90-150MHz (1MHz)|
|CPU Vcore||0.5125-1.6000V (0.0625V), 2.0000V|
|Memory||1.80 - 2.40V (0.10V)|
|FSB Voltage||1.20-1.50V (0.10V)|
|PCIe Voltage||default, +0.10V|
|Available Memory Ratios (DRAM:FSB)|
|CAS Latency Range|
|tCAS: 3-6; tRCD: 1-15; tRP: 1-15; tRAS: 1-31; Command Rate: N/A|
Potential buyers shouldn't be fooled by the wide range of adjustments when some of them obviously won't work. More insidious, however, is the fact that this particular board wouldn't reach the same stable speed as other brands using our Core 2 Duo E6700's default 10x multiplier. After being stopped at a stable 338 MHz rather than the expected 346 MHz, we tried dropping the multiplier. We were able to increase our bus speed up to 358 MHz before the system again became completely unstable.
All failed overclocks required a BIOS reset.
|Documentation & Software||Quick Installation Guide
Intel CPU Installation Guide
Driver & Tools CD
|Hardware||4x Serial ATA cables
1x 80-conductor ATA cable
1x Floppy Cable
1x Case Badge/Sticker Kit
1x I/O Panel Shield
Gigabyte's EasyTune 5 application provides manual and load-sensitive automatic overclocking tools, manual and automatic fan setting controls, and hardware monitoring. If things go seriously wrong, Xpress Recovery2 hard disk backup and recovery tools can restore the drives.
Most companies now support updating BIOS from Windows, and Gigabyte also adds its "FaceWizard" application for customizing the boot screen image.
- Seven Motherboards For Your Core 2 Duo System
- Abit AB9 Pro: Quick On The Draw
- Asus P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP Edition: Armed To The Teeth
- Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe: Sharpshooter
- Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H: Serious Business
- Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3: The Instigator
- Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6: Dressed To Kill
- MSI P965 Platinum: One Mean Hombre
- Test Setup
- Benchmark Results
- Synthetic, Continued